1 | A pair of Moccasin Boots by GH Bass
There are a few pairs of shoes that every man should own. Good black oxfords, decent brown brogues, white leather sneakers and penny loafers. If you’re short of the latter, then be sure to head down to Brick Lane before the end of January. The curiously-named ‘Weejun’, created by American company GH Bass in 1936, was the first of it’s kind, and has not only remained pretty much unchanged since it’s release all those years ago, but has been imitated by shoe brands the world over.
The GH Bass Pop Up store at the Truman Brewery
The brand’s extensive collection of loafers (penny, tassel and many more) is available in their new pop-up store (the company’s first in the UK) next to the Truman Brewery, but we insist you check out their wider offering, which includes boots, boat shoes and even derbies. We had a sneak preview of the space last week, and we were particularly taken with the Camp Moc II Ranger boots, pictured above. If you find yourself wandering around Shoreditch this weekend (as people are wont to do these days…) then be sure to stop by.
GH Bass Pop-up store, Dray Walk, E1 6NJ
2 | A Made-to-Measure Shirt by Norton & Sons
For what might well be the first time in the history of menswear, a Savile Row tailoring house is joining forces with a Jermyn Street shirt maker. It seems like such an obvious idea to us – a beautiful suit is complimented by a fine shirt and vice versa – but apparently it’s a debut. Patrick Grant’s tailoring house Norton & Sons has just announced that from this month onward it will offer a made-to-measure shirt service, and that it will be enlisting the help of Turnbull & Asser to do it. Clients can choose from over 1000 cloths and the full compliment of traditional and modern collar styles, as well as one new and exclusive collar, which even we haven’t seen yet. It’s hugely exciting.
"Savile Row and Jermyn Street are two great London thoroughfares," say Grant, "two world famous addresses, one synonymous with exceptional hand tailoring, the other with the finest shirt-making. We wanted to offer a simple shirt service as a complement to our bespoke tailoring. Norton & Sons and Turnbull & Asser are both great houses, both modern in outlook but dedicated to traditional craftsmanship, both with a history of making for the more stylish of London men."
3 | Something from J Crew’s New Redchurch Street Store
We were lucky enough to sit down with J Crew’s head of menswear Frank Muytjens recently, and damn is that man cool. First of all, he’s incredibly unassuming and polite (which are two of the coolest things you can ever be), secondly he oversees one of the easiest to wear collections of menswear in the western world, and he has fantastic taste clothes, art, homewares, pets and pretty much everything else. Don’t believe us? Just look at his Instagram account, or the Style Rules he offered Esquire a while back.
More proof of his impressive style acumen comes from the location of the brand’s new men-only store. Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street is one of the best menswear addresses in London, abundant with stores such as APC, Sunspel, Timothy Everest and Barber & Parlour. The new 900sqft J Crew space plays host to a carefully curated edit of the full men’s offering, as well specially selected pieces by brands including New Balance, Norse Projects and Nike. Our tip, though, is to check out the new pared-back denim collection. And say hello to Frank if he’s there.
Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ
4 | The Chevvy Blazer from Pretty Green’s Black Label Collection
This season, as you’ve no doubt noticed, there a decidedly Seventies vibe. Big sheepskin coats, Chelsea boots, roll-necks… the list goes on. The easy thing to do would be to raid your dad’s wardrobe, but that probably won’t yield the gems you’re hunting for. No, instead, look at the brands that are taking inspiration from the decade and subtly instilling into their latest collections.
Pretty Green Black Label range, for example, features paisley print, desert boots, block-patterned merino shirts and this fantastic double-breasted jacket. Sleek, peak-lapelled and cinched in at the waist, it's cut from box-stitched wool, so it ticks the box for sumptuous seventies texture too. It’ll look seriously good with a crew neck tee, slim trousers and Chelsea boots, but you could have asked your dad about that.
5 | Wellman Under-Eye Serum
With the constantly expanding universe of grooming products made exclusively for men, your morning regime has no doubt evolved beyond face wash and moisturizer. If it hasn’t, then it probably should. That’s a good start, of course, but there is a plethora of products created to combat specific problems, the kind of things face wash and moisturizer simply can’t get measure up to.
Dark, tired eyes, for example, are best combatted with an energizing roll on… and energizing roll-on like Wellman’s under-eye serum, which features a refreshing combination of caffeine, cucumber, horse chestnut and aloe vera. Apply once when you wake up and once when you go to bed, and any time you feel a little bit puffy-eyed.